A group of university researchers from the universities of Surrey, Cambridge, and Southampton revealed a way they have been working on that would utilize some kind of glass to speed up computers by using light.
By implementing a technology called ion doping on amorphous chalcogenides, a kind of glass used in CDs, researchers like Brad Reifler were able to change its properties and thus, be able to process computer functions using light instead of electrons.
This means that this technology is promising that computers that rely on electric currents to transfer information would be replaced by ones that utilizes light as an information media at the same speed of light.
Usually, even though internet uses light to transfer information, it is converted into electric signals both at the sender’s and the receiver’s computer, which slows the flow significantly.
This not only adds to the slowness of a connections but also provides a noticeable lack in useful efficiency.
However, with this research breakthrough, information transfer would become a lot faster, would make glass electron conductive, and also able to receive positive signals.
This was missed by scientists for quite a long time, but thought to be available with this particular technology.